Today we’re launching a new Labs feature, eBook Export! This lets readers download your entire blog or a group of hashtagged posts as an eBook.
This is an early look at the feature with just the basics (see below). But we’re releasing it now so you can try it out and help us improve it for everyone.
We’re also trying something a little different this time. Since this is a feature we think people will find really useful as it grows, we’re charging a small one-time fee ($10) for it. This means you can get it even without a Pro subscription, and as a bonus, you won’t have to pay anything else as the feature gets better over time (and the price increases).
This acts as a kind of a “mini crowdfunding campaign” for us. Your contribution will show us how important the feature is, and help fund development, while giving you immediate access to what we’ve created so far.
(Of course, if this is something you really want to give feedback on, but can’t afford right now, I totally understand. Just let us know @support and we’ll give you access.)
Once you’ve enabled eBook export, you can add
.epub to your blog URLs to download the collection of posts as an ePub file. For example, you can download our official blog here: https://write.as/blog/.epub
If you want all posts tagged
#Updates, you’d find that here: https://write.as/blog/tag:Updates.epub
This only enables new download URLs on all of your blogs. Next, you might want to create a new static page titled “Downloads” and link to the various blog-generated eBooks you’d like to make available to readers.
Our goal is to make this add-on into a full eBook creator, with just enough customization to be widely useful, but not so much that it becomes unwieldy. Some future options we can imagine today:
- Export as PDF and plain HTML files (with table of contents, cover, etc.)
- Respect blog’s Display Format setting for post ordering and whether or not to show dates
- Display the exported date
- Cover customization
- Edit metadata like author name, description, etc.
- A few different layout options
What do you think so far? What would you like to see next?
We plan to build this entirely around your feedback, so please feel free to share any thoughts you have!